chapter  1
The Coup d’État Policy
WithGiulia Albanese
Pages 16

Chapter 1 explores how the political crisis of liberal Italy developed after the end of the war. It analyses the importance of the subversive plans drawn up by the Italian ruling classes – both within the army and outside it – in the post-war period and how they helped bring about a radical shift in the country both in the domestic and in foreign policy. A key example here is Gabriele D’Annunzio’s Fiume exploit, not just for its concrete role in Italian internal and external politics but also because it was intended as a means to seize power in the country and provided a strategic model that envisioned the conquest of Rome and of Italy through a march. The chapter also draws attention to the relevance of right-wing subversive political action and discourses in post-war Europe.